The trail was beautiful. It was t-shirt weather, the trail was relatively quiet for as many people as were out using it that day, and Lily was a very happy puppy.
After exploring the buildings, we had lunch and settled in for a much-needed rest.
And that's just what Brian needed! Brian, who kept his jacket on during the entire first half of the hike (in an attempt to sweat all those Territory Day beers...) and who didn't say more than 5 words to me on the way in. On the way out, he was a new man! He was chatting away behind me as we made our way down the trail.